I see that a lot of authors have a bio. Man, I'd really hate to feel left out so I decided to include a little personal information about myself.
I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico sometime in the 20th century and grew up in Miami, Florida. Now I'm living back in Albuquerque. Talk about everything coming around full circle! Because I spent my formative years basking in the glow of the Sunshine State--so long as it wasn't hurricane season--I've become somewhat of a die-hard fan for all Miami-based professional sports teams (i.e. The Miami Heat, The Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins). My friends have commented that whenever I make a bet on a football game the Dolphins are playing, it's as easy as taking candy from a baby! Even though my Dolphins haven't won a Super Bowl since I've been alive, I still love em'!
As a boy, I discovered my passion for creating outrageous scenarios through a combination of watching TV, reading comic books, and blowing up my G.I. Joe action figures with some M-80 firecrackers to actually simulate combat. Guess that explains why my father, Jack, stopped buying them for me at some point. It wasn't until I actually read my first adult novel (The Vision by Dean Koontz) at the ripe old age of ten that I discerned how much fun it would be to actually create stories using the printed word. I initially started writing short stories and poems as a hobby, then my writing took on more of a therapeutic role to help me cope with the number of tragedies I endured as a teen. Instead of assuming the role of a destructive juvenile delinquent like so many of my friends were doing, I vented my frustrations through constructive means by focusing my pain and despair on paper. My writing had become my place of solace, my comfort zone, my best friend.
But then, a little thing called adulthood happened which made me put my writing on the back burner. I joined the Army, got hitched to a woman with two children and began living the every day life of Homer Simpson saying "D'oh" to all of the drama and humor that I experienced as a husband, stepfather, and a soldier.
Sadly, all three of those roles crashed and burned after eight years of futility.
However, out of the ashes of those smoldering remains arose the role I was destined to be. The role I had discovered for myself at a young age. The role of writer and published author.
My first--and only published novel so far--entitled My Brother's Keeper, originally started out as a short story named "Shattered Images." It was the last short story I attempted to write when I was a teenager, but I never finished it. Nearly twenty years later, I revisited it with the intention of picking up where I had left off. I got more than I bargained for when I kept writing and writing and writing until it became the novel it is today. That passion I thought I had lost forever resurrected itself with a vengence.
Thanks a lot for visiting my Red Room page. I hope you get a chance to read My Brother's Keeper and participate in sharing your feedback in the customer review section on either Amazon or Barnes&Noble.com. I welcome any and all constructive feedback. The way I figure, your opinions are the main thing that with either make or break me as a published author.
Many thanks for your time.
A. J. Farris
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